The Milwaukee Bucks have certainly seen better days than they’re currently experiencing in the 2013-14 NBA season. The Bucks currently have only nine wins as they head into the All-Star break, by far the fewest of any team in the league. Moreover, they’ve lost Larry Sanders for another six weeks and have had their fair share of troubles in the locker room as well.
One of the most publicized locker room tiffs for the Bucks this season actually occurred between Sanders and guard Gary Neal. The altercation was only verbal, but it got the players talking about earning their paychecks and other things that you really don’t want to hear teammates saying to one another.
After the incident between Neal and Sanders, the Bucks really began shopping Neal around the league. With less than a week remaining before the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline, Neal is still in Milwaukee and the Bucks are still trying to deal him. According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Bucks are trying to acquiesce the request of Neal and deal him to a contender.
Neal’s desire to go to a contender may seem pushy on the part of a role player, but it’s also somewhat understandable. After all, this is a player who was at his most effective and came up in the league with the San Antonio Spurs. That obviously sets a pretty high standard for a player as to who he wants to play for in this league, a standard he’s seemingly not willing to lower—to the level of the Bucks at least. We’ll see if a contender is willing to go after the free-wheeling guard or if he’s stuck in Milwaukee for the rest of this lackluster season.